A Comparative Analysis of Microcomputer and Mainframe Computer Based Modeling Systems

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by Youssef Dehghani, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III

Abstract: This paper presents a comparative analyses of the Microcomputer Compatible Florida Standard Urban Transportation Modeling Structure (Micro-FSUTMS) performance with its UTPS mainframe computer-based counterpart. The Micro-FSUTMS was used to simulate traffic and ridership on a multi-modal transportation system including a 48-mile long rail transit system proposed for Tampa Bay Area. The modeling system was comprised of a 700-Traffic Analysis Zone (TAZ) system encompassing Hillsborough County. The comparative analyses were conducted by using a common set of input data files and parameters in both Micro-FSUTMS and UTPS mainframe computer-based modeling systems. Study results are discussed.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Computer analysis | System analysis | Computer software | Comparative studies | Traffic models | Structural models | Rail transportation | Transportation studies | Traffic analysis | North America | Florida | United States | Tampa

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